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Dec 12 & 19 - Championship Preview

As a warm up to the club championship, we will have a G30 + 3 4RD SS.  Two Sections USCF and not rated.  We will start at 7:00 or as soon as we can after that, so please be on time!

Dec 26 - Jan 2  Holiday Break - Chess Club doe NOT Meet

As a warm up to the club championship, we will have a G30 + 3 4RD SS.  Two Sections USCF and not rated.

Jan 9, 16, 23 & 30  Club Championship

A four round G60 +5 event with 2 sections.  One section is for USCF members and the other is for non USCF members.  In the event of a section tie, we will have a rapid chess tie-break the following week.  IF there is no tie, on the following week the two section champions vie for the club title with G60+5 time control.

Feb 6 - First Thursday Blitz and Championship Shootout

All but two players in for a club rated G5 Swiss.  We start at 7:00 and run until 9:00 and fit in as many rounds as we can!  Section champions will play a G60 +5 match to determine club champion!

What We Do

The Emmorton Rec.Chess provides an environment where players can improve their game and make some friends.  The Emmorton Rec. Chess Club is open to players of all ages.  We meet most Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Emmorton Rec and Tennis Center.  Please stop by and check us out.

Rated Quick Chess -

About once a month we hold USCF Rated quick chess tournaments.  These are free to our members and typically cost $2 for non members.  If you do not have a USCF membership we often have a non-rated section.  As the cost is low / free, we promise no prizes but often have a small token prize.  Click Here for recent results.

Tournament Trips -

We organize occasional trips to larger tournaments. 

Thematic Nights -

In the past we have had thematic nights for various openings, gong chess, and bughouse. 

Puzzles and Position Analysis -

We occasionally review interesting positions, difficult puzzles, and significant games.  

If you have any questions or want to be added to our email list, contact us at [email protected].

BONUS - 60 Checkmate in 1 problems for free

Problems to solve!!!

Quick Link to Ratings List is HERE

Quick Link to the Schedule is HERE

Black to move, why not … Qxd3

1.   ...       Qxd3
2.   Qh4  and Black has few options (note that 3. Rh8 and Qxd8 threaten #
      ...       Qxf1
3.   Kxf1

White to move, find the best move

1.   Rxf8+     Qxf8
2.   Nxf8       Rxf8
2.   ...             Rxe2
3.   Ne6   (threating Qxg7#)
        ...             Rxe6
4.   Qb8 and checkmate is forced.

White to move,
Find the Best Move

1. Bf5 (all other moves allow Black to promote the c pawn)
1... exf5 (Other moves for Black allow both pawns to promote and therefore which results in a draw.)
2. h4 and stalement on the next move.
Sometimes, the best move is to fight for a draw.

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